Sadaf R. Ali is a former television and radio news reporter and has worked for mainstream and ethnic media in Ohio and Michigan. Sadaf earned her M.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia College-Chicago in 2002, examining capital punishment and the ensuing moratorium in Illinois. She has a Ph.D (2014) in Communication from the Department of Communication at Wayne State University focusing on risk/crisis information, securitization, race, and audience attitudes towards messages originating from traditional and social media sources. Sadaf is a quantitative researcher, who favors content analysis and experimental design as her methodologies of choice. Recent publications include:
Ali, S., Fahmy, F. (2012) Gatekeeping & Citizen Journalism: The use of social media during the recent uprisings in Iran, Egypt, and Libya. Media, War & Conflict.
Ali, S. & Fahmy, S. (2012). The icon of the Egyptian revolution: Using social media in the toppling of a Mideast Government. In Ralph Berenger (Eds.), Social Media Go to War—Civil Unrest, Rebellion and Revolution in the Age of Twitter. Marquette Books LLC.
Ali, S., James, D., and Vultee, F. (2013). Strike a pose: Comparing Associated Press and UNICEF visual representations of the children of Darfur. African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review (ACPR).
Vultee, F., Ali, S., Stover, C., Vultee, D. (2014). Searching, sharing, acting: How audiences assess and respond to social media messages about hazards. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters
In 2010, Sadaf was part of an Emmy award winning project titled: The MATRIX: Commemorating Walter P. Reuther, Union Activist.